Top 5 Brilliant or Insane Posts: August 2014

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Thanks to one post nearly going viral and other hot topics from our inspiring contributors, and of course to you being a loyal reader, Brilliant or Insane had another record month in August.

In case you or your friends missed it, here’s a recap.

5 most popular Brilliant or Insane posts
  1. 6 Ways Teachers Kill the Joy of Reading: Frustrated with the “Don’t-read-ahead” mandate my son received, I wrote this post, which was read and shared by more than 10,000 people the day it launched. Please add your thoughts to this important post.
  2. 4 Lessons New Teachers Never Learned but They Can’t Survive Without: Traditional education practices continue to dominate preservice education courses. This post shares 4 important lessons new teachers don’t receive in their preservice work–lessons that are critical to success in the classroom.
  3. 5 Principles for a Problem-Solving Classroom: New B or I contributor, Gerald Aungst, sparked plenty of conversation around social media with this post on problem-solving classrooms. Don’t miss these powerful strategies.
  4. 5 Strategies for Building a Powerful BYOD Classroom: More and more schools and classes are moving to 1:1 student-computer ratio classrooms, using the Bring Your Own Device model. We provide some helpful strategies for making a successful transition to a BYOD classroom.
  5. 8 Education Books for the Digital Age: Connected Educators Series: Corwin Press released the first four books in its new Connected Educators Series in August. Many more are on the way, and we highlight the first 8 in this powerful series.

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Let us know which is your favorite, and please share with friends to keep the conversation going. As always, thanks for reading Brilliant or Insane.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series, The uNseries, and other books from some of education's most reputable teachers and leaders. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Connect with @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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